Entries for February 2014

Pekudei: Bringing home the bacon Gold Medal.

Pekudei: Bringing home the bacon Gold Medal.
I don’t remember where I got the notion that Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg is Jewish. I think it was an item in the Jerusalem Post or Times of Israel, but I can’t now find it.  Whatever the source, I felt a small burs... Continue Reading »
Feb 28

Vayakhel: Kindleh, baby, kindleh!

Vayakhel: Kindleh, baby, kindleh!
Each Erev Shabbat, Jewish women around the world light candles and recite the following blessing (in Hebrew): “You are Blessed, Adonai our G-d, Sovereign of the Universe, Who has Sanctified Us with His Commandments, and Commanded Us to Kindle t... Continue Reading »

Ki Tisa: G-d, Moses, and Anger Management

Ki Tisa: G-d, Moses, and Anger Management
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”  This exclamation from the 1976 movie Network seems to fit this week’s Parasha, Ki Tissa.   When Moses does not return from atop Mt. Sinai, where G-... Continue Reading »
Feb 14

Tetsavveh: Lighten up!

Tetsavveh: Lighten up!
In this week’s Torah portion, Tetsavveh, G-d instructs Moses to tell the Israelites to bring him clear oil of beaten olives for the lighting the lamps of Tent of Meeting.    Why olive oil, specifically? The Midrash uses a parabl... Continue Reading »
Feb 07

A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.
Jewish Proverb